English 10
Scott Leventhal - [email protected]
Maria Turdo – [email protected]
“Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself."
-Chinese Proverb
“Everywhere is walking distance if you’ve got the time.”
-Steven Wright
What will students learn?
Enduring Understandings
What will students remember ten years from now?
Strategies for Success
How can students increase their appreciation for reading?
What skills, strategies and concepts must students master
to be more critical, analytical readers?
How can students improve their writing skills while
considering the various audiences they may write for?
How can students prepare for tests like the Keystones and
SATs more efficiently?
How can students improve their vocabulary?
Homework, Assessments and Clinic
- Record assignments in Student Handbook immediately after
warm up assignment
- Homework reinforced in class and on website
- Please encourage your kids to use clinic as a resource
- Nightly review recommended
- Absent? Check website, calendar, then email
- All assessments returned for review; look for the *
"I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think
about besides homework." -- Edith Ann, [Lily Tomlin]
Enduring Understanding - Self - Awareness
If at all possible, please purchase a copy of the follow works of literature.
Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
introspection and initiation
All My Sons – Arthur Miller
social responsibility
The Merchant of Venice – William Shakespeare
prejudice and perseverance
Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
technology and intellectual curiosity
A Multicultural Reader – assorted themes and points of view
Instructor selected nonfiction, assorted short stories and poetry
Solid SAT performance enhanced by consistent reading
“Education ... has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish
what is worth reading.” - G. M. Trevelyan
- Emphasis on Process and Product
- 5 paragraph essays
narrative, expository, persuasive
- I-Search (Marking Period 2)
- Grading of major writings based on
Pennsylvania Writing Assessment
Scoring Guidelines
"I may have said the same thing before... But my explanation, I am sure,
will always be different."
-- Oscar Wilde
Research Paper
- Question based research
“Can I manage my asthma effectively without medication?”
“Who are the most influential directors of the last decade?”
“Is filtered water actually better for you than tap water?”
“Does the Loch Ness monster actually exist?”
“Is carpentry the right career for me?”
- Completed second marking period- 25% of marking
period grade
- Uses I-Search paper format and follows MLA format
- Plagiarism results may result in failure for assignment as
per student handbook policy, discipline referral required
"An educational system isn't worth a great deal if it teaches young people how
to make a living but doesn't teach them how to make a life." -- Unknown
Sadlier-Oxford Vocabulary Workshop Level E
20% each Marking Period
Twenty new words every other week: parts of speech,
definitions, synonyms, antonyms and sentence completion
Rule of firsts and lasts
Tests- Biweekly and Cumulative
Website with games and iWords, vocabtest.com
Solid SAT performance enhanced by rich vocabulary
Extra Credit flashcards 100/0 points
$12.00 to CRHS South Student Activities - English
Grammar / Usage / Mechanics
- Taught formally using Holt – English Workshop.
- Frequent practice – in context and testing formats
- Addresses skills that improve writing style and
clarity as well as problems seen in compositions
- The SAT has a writing section containing
multiple-choice grammar / usage /
mechanics questions as well as an essay
“Ignorant people think it is the noise which fighting cats
make that is so aggravating, but it ain't so; it is the
sickening grammar that they use.” ~Mark Twain
- Teacher Website and Calendar
- Student use of word processing and
multimedia presentation technology.
"We already knew that kids learned computer technology more
easily than adults. It is as if children were waiting all these
centuries for someone to invent their native language."
- Jaron Lanier